Economic Impact of General Aviation in


According to the 2020 Colorado Aviation Economic Impact Study, airports in Colorado support $48.6 billion in economic activity.

Aviation by the Numbers

According to the Colorado Aeronautics Division, Colorado is home to 61 public-use general aviation airports. According to FAA data, Colorado airports serve 19,956 pilots and 6,743 registered aircraft.

Number of Jobs

According to the same study, airports in Colorado support 345,661 jobs and an annual payroll of more than $16.2 billion.

Economic Impact

The 2020 Colorado Aviation Economic Impact Study calculated the annual economic impact of aviation in Colorado at $48.6 billion.

According to the FAA, Colorado is home to 72 repair stations, 13 FAA-approved pilot schools, 4,072 flight instructors and 5,222 student pilots. In addition, according to the AC-U-KWIK database, there are 69 fixed-base operators in the state. According to Helicopter Association International, there are 210 heliports in Colorado.

According to the University Aviation Association, flight departments in Colorado include Metropolitan State University of Denver and Aims Community College in Greeley.

Commissioner Bill Holen of Arapahoe County, CO, and National Association of Counties (NACO) Transportation Steering Subcommittee Vice Chair

"In my county alone, Gevo, Bye Aerospace and other companies are developing sustainable fuel and technologies, which will help to support this important industry and network of airports. For example, general aviation has been critical in supporting the delivery of medical care and supplies, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Colorado, groups like the Colorado Hospital Association, Angel Flight West and many local operators have all been part of an effort to deliver PPE and medical care to patients and communities throughout the state."

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    Across the United States, governors and mayors from all 50 states have signed proclamations recognizing the importance of aviation industry. See what has passed in Colorado, choose from the list below.

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